NANCYLEE46's SparkPeople Blog NANCYLEE46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Back to Spark and The Basics I have so missed not being on Spark for the last several months and this has impacted greatly my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I think we all can identify with situations arising in our lives that cause us to lose focus and not follow through with the goals we have set for living healthier. <BR> <BR> A few months ago many personal situations prevented me from logging into spark faithfully. It began ever so sly with the onset of winter and increase of depressive symptoms and soon became full ... Sat, 5 May 2012 13:27:47 EST How is Your Attitude Happy October My Spark Friends <BR> <BR> I had notes all written for a blog on goals when I remembered a sign I had read yesterday so decided to hold off on goal setting blog. <BR> <BR> The sign read something like this - worrying about getting fitness in does not burn calories. <BR> <BR> Are you a worrier with no action - October is a new month and perfect time to start afresh with small doable goals and if needed an attitude adjustment. <BR> <BR> Let's get excited. <BR> <BR> I was goi... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:31:53 EST Blood Test Results Just received my blood test results from my doctor <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> cholesterol improved <BR> numbers <BR> total blood serum cholesterol - 198 (desired total is below 200 <BR> good cholesterol (HDL) - 57 (desired level is 40 - 59) <BR> Bad cholesterol (LDL) 117 - (desired is below 130) <BR> <BR> I have to attribute the improvement to the support I receive from my team-mates that encourage me to get my fitness in and eat healthier. <BR> <BR> The note from doctor did tell me to wat... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:56:47 EST The SparkPeople Cookbook I am so excited about the new cookbook coming out on October 4th. <BR> <BR> I have preordered mine - have you? <BR> <BR> I want to thank spark again for making my Christmas shopping that much easier this year - Yes, every family is getting the cookbook. <BR> <BR> I have also decided to use the cookbook as a motivator in my spark teams - I am encouraging everyone to purchase the book and once a week we will pick a recipe to make and discuss our achievements. Since I have to remain gluten f... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:22:10 EST Fall Fitness tips <em>465</em> Happy First Day of Fall <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> Fall is a great time to start or rejuvenate your spark program. Use the change of season as a motivator to rethink and restart or for some continue on making progress. Let's start establishing those healthy habits now before holiday time is upon us and also the winter weather. <BR> <BR> I had written a blog in January challenging all to make this the best year yet. I hope you all have been making progress BUT it is never to lat... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:53:08 EST Computer issues with Internet explorer Sure wish I was more computer savy <BR> Yesterday I was doing my regular spark routine through aol mail using internet explorer when my mail left me with blank lines. I figured it was about time I updated to IE 8 , hoping this would solve the problem. I have yet been able to open my mail the way I was so famaliar with. <BR> <BR> Can't go cold turkey without spark so I briefly came in the back door but I was determined to get back to my regular routine (creature of habit I am) and kept trying... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:54:22 EST Morning Exercise Are you a morning person? <BR> <BR> One of my fellow team-mates inspired me to post this blog as she made a post about feeling crappy but then did a half hour of fitness and <em>244</em> she became energized and passed this enthusiasm on to others - so I am doing the same. <BR> <BR> Won't you get out there and do some cardio - a nice walk or a fun fitness activity. Then come back and pass your enthusiasm on to others. <BR> <BR> It is ironic and meant to be as yesterday I rode by a sign t... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:31:19 EST Freebies Shared I started a thread on the walk/run team with items that I see that are free. I thought I would start a blog and share with more of you. (Hope this is OK Chris?) <BR> <BR> Request a Free 2012 Women's Health Calendar <BR> Women's Health are giving away free copies of the 2012 Women's Health Calendar. You can order it online or call 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446) to order. <BR> Here is the link to order online <link><BR>r-publications/calendar/order.cfm... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:29:28 EST Stop and Think Today when I took my mom to her doctor's appointment I came across this quote which really got me to contemplating how accepting I am of other's opinions. <BR> <BR> "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." <BR> Gen. George S. Patton (1885 - 1945) <BR> <BR> Is this making you stop and think? Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:27:13 EST Memorial Day Week-end Challenge Every once in awile I post the challenge that I create for the walk/run virtual team that I lead with Monty and Debbie. If you don't have a team that you enjoy and are actively participating in, I invite you to check us out <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=33492 </link> <BR> One step at a time we journey on and let me tell you those steps add up, just ask Monty - a leader, friend, and fellow team-mate on the team, he has just walked a total of 5,000 miles and... Sun, 22 May 2011 14:11:23 EST Celebrating My Mom I couldn't get on to make this blog post yesterday as company arrived throughout the day to visit my mom. <BR> <BR> My mom is the best and what makes her even more special is that she is still here at the age of 82. I can see so many of her mannerisms in me, our thoughts often connect without the need to speak audibly, and her laugh is something I want to carry with me each day I live. <BR> <BR> Her life has been dedicated to raising her kids, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren. She... Mon, 9 May 2011 16:56:53 EST Safety Tips for Spring/Summer I have decided to share some of the tips for the walk/run team in this blog as many members read blogs only. <BR> <BR> Warmer weather is here and with that hopefully everyone is getting in some walking/running time. It is a perfect time to review safety tips and share with one another our ideas to have a healthier spring/summer season for all areas of our lives. <BR> <BR> I have looked at my safety in 3 general categories. <BR> <BR> 1. Health - If you are new to walking/running make sure y... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:19:51 EST A Kid At Heart I hope all my Spark Friends had a Blessed, meaningful Easter holiday. It is so awesome to know we can have victory over all things through CHRIST. <BR> <BR> I started the day off by taking my mom to the cemetary where we planted a daffodil plant for my dad and lit the eternal candle. <BR> <BR> Next stop was my sister's house with 20 family members. Of course the first thing on the agenda was to eat - lots of fresh vegetables to go with the ham and I am pleased to be able to blog - no chips... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:48:58 EST Preparing for A healthier Easter <em>244</em> After nearly 4 years on Spark I can honestly say I don't dread holidays anymore. Gone are the days of why did I eat so much or set myself up with negative self talk. <BR> <BR> I break down my planning in 3 areas: <BR> <BR> 1. Mindset - I am prepared to make this a healthier day and not give in to the thinking of I am going to blow it so eat what I want anyway and make up for it at the gym. This thinking didn't come overnight, but by practicing making small changes over the y... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:13:14 EST Missing my Dad on his birthday Today would of been my dad's 82 birthday. <BR> <BR> No matter how hard I try to concentrate on other things and sparking, my thoughts keep going back to him. <BR> <BR> I have a hole in my heart that only my dad can fill. He was my rock and always will be as I listen to my inner voice recalling his strong assurances that I could do anything I put my mind to. <BR> <BR> My dad taught me what unconditional love is. He was not the one to come right out and say "I Love You and he was not the lov... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:25:48 EST Missing my Dad on his birthday Today would of been my dad's 82 birthday. <BR> <BR> No matter how hard I try to concentrate on other things and sparking, my thoughts keep going back to him. <BR> <BR> I have a hole in my heart that only my dad can fill. He was my rock and always will be as I listen to my inner voice recalling his strong assurances that I could do anything I put my mind to. <BR> <BR> My dad taught me what unconditional love is. He was not the one to come right out and say "I Love You and he was not the lov... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:25:48 EST Posting on Community Message Boards I recently put a post on the nutrtion community message board for gluten free snack ideas. I have to say I am so pleased and I must say a little amazed at the responses thus far. I have recieved some great suggestions, learned a lot, and met up with some new people I otherwise would not of had contact with. <BR> <BR> I must admit my hesitance to post there and was spurned on by the Community Team requirement of posting on that forum. I am so thankful that I followed through with my commitme... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:56:01 EST Top 10 New Year Resolutions This is actually the 2nd half of the information that I found searching the internet and conclusion of the I Challenge You Blog. <BR> <BR> It seems the majority of people set resolutions for January 1. It seems the notion of starting with a clean slate corresponds with the new year. For me this was always a problem as it set me up for maintaing my perfectionistic attitude, all or nothing thinking if you will. Today, thanks to Spark I don't have to start with a clean slate, but rather I ke... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:24:00 EST My Nephew Loses Home to Fire Yesterday a fire destroyed my nephew home and he lost everything he owned. Thank goodness that his wife and 2 small chilfdrem (18 months and 6 months) are OK. <BR> <BR> They are staying with my niece and she is hosting an open house tonight to get the basics of bottles, diapers,pj's for the children - They lost all there new Christmas presents. <BR> <BR> I am sharing this so my team-mates will know that I will be preoccupied for the next few days with family. One of those things where you ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:08:08 EST I Challenge You Let's make 2011 our healthiest year ever <BR> <BR> Reflect, Recommit, and Reignite your Spark <BR> <BR> As I look back over the past year I can hardly believe that I have been at Spark for over 3 years now. <BR> <BR> As I think of the new year approaching Resolutions come to mind, so I did some searching as I was preparing the weekly challenge for the walk/run team. Here is what I found out: <BR> <BR> A resolution is defined as "A commitment made to a project or the reforming of a habit,... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:46:40 EST Merry Christmas Rejoice and be Glad - CHRIST the Saviour is born. <BR> <BR> My prayer for you all is that you will carry the spirit of CHRISTmas in your hearts all year long. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Nancy Sat, 25 Dec 2010 09:58:05 EST Talk and No Action This is a saying that was posted outside a fitness store today. <BR> <BR> "Running your mouth is not the same as exercise". <BR> <BR> Reminds me that sometimes we just have to take action and stop procrastinating and not just with fitness. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:38:29 EST Not Getting All my Spark Mail Good Morning and Happy Monday my fellow Sparkers and Team-mates, <BR> <BR> I am writing this to let you know if I miss a post or am not as active on my teams as usual it is because I am doing the best I can to come in the back door and read all sharing and goings on. <BR> <BR> Yes I have done everything Spark has suggested to no avail, so I am waiting patiently with a smile until we all figure out how the gremlin is striking again. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>244</em> woke up to snowflak... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 08:08:03 EST Don't forget to vote today <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> I would be out the door and done voting - HOWEVER, my mom is not even up yet. <BR> <BR> Trying to balance being a morning person myself with keeping my 82 year old mom active as a later afternoon person is very trying for me. <BR> <BR> Adjusting my life the best I can to enjoy every minute of my mom's life while keeping me a priority is challenging to say the least. <BR> <BR> I like to get up and go, get done what I need to, and then enjoy relaxing. Just when I am... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 08:29:43 EST Trick or Treat? No tricks here <BR> <BR> I have only found treats in every post and blog I have read. <BR> <BR> Treat yourself to something healthy today. <BR> <BR> Don't be tricked - take one step at a time and only believe. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:08:12 EST Stop and Think My mom shared this with me this morning and I am sharing with you. <BR> <BR> Stop and Think by Dylan Thomas <BR> <BR> " He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest." Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:49:56 EST Organize time with Spark Motivational Calendar One of the best investments I made last year ws to purchase the Spark motivational calendar through the spark store. <BR> <BR> I keep track of all my activities on Spark such as: <BR> <BR> 1. logging my walk minutes (a great way to keep your walk/run journal) <BR> 2. keep track of spark friends' special dates <BR> 3. I include my daily to do list <BR> 4. My main meal for each day <BR> <BR> I could go on, but would be interested on how you could use this for your benefit?? <BR> <BR> We al... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 08:05:12 EST Election Time Nearing - Let Your Voice be Heard Voting time is rapidly approaching on Tuesday November 2 <BR> <BR> I truly believe that voting is not only a right but my duty as an American Citizen. <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> With the issues facing our world today none of us can afford to be lax and not be informed and have a voice. <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar already with your statewide ballot questions or candidates for office, don't wait any longer - now is the time to prepare. <BR> <BR> I know my local newspaper reviews one q... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:05:40 EST Facebook help Anyone using Spark with facebook? <BR> <BR> I am trying to coordinate myself <em>198</em> Like I need more <em>246</em> <BR> I saw Chris got some bike time in Sunday during football games and thought this is another great way to keep connected, spread the spark, and get teams more motivated and involved. <BR> <BR> Ideas anyone <BR> <em>304</em> for any help and suggestions as I need them. Novice when it comes to this. <BR> <BR> Nancy Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:54:18 EST Christmas Shopping the Easy Way <em>246</em> I know it is only October, but believe it or not I have seen Christmas items already out in the stores. <BR> <BR> What better way to support this great site which is absolutely FREE than purchasing the SPARK for gifts. Could you imagine if every person purchased the book a second time?? <BR> <BR> The Spark is a gift that keeps on giving!! Sun, 24 Oct 2010 07:37:33 EST Think Again Ever have one of those days where nothin seems to go right and you wonder if your time here on spark makes a difference? <BR> <BR> I am here to tell you that YOU matter and make a difference in my life everyday. <BR> No matter how small or big the action you are touching someone's life just by being on Spark. <BR> <BR> I can't begin to tell you the difference you have made in my life, but I will give a few examples: <BR> <BR> I have learned to start my day with a laugh by visiting The joke... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:00:12 EST Forced Day Off Unusual silence not getting spark mail notifications. <BR> Everything happens for a reason. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 16:21:23 EST Caring for one Another I recently read a few quotes by a student that had just graduated from medical school that struck my heart and I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> Trevor Morin had been born with a hole in his heart and had undergone 3 surgeries by the age of 18. His dream had always been to be a professional jockey - but this was ended when a horse threw him and both his wrists shattered. <BR> <BR> Here is the first of one of his quotes" I felt washed up and worthless, I entered a deep dark depression that most ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 09:21:00 EST Eating Healthier for Summer Summer officially begins June 21 <BR> <BR> For me this means an increase in butter and salt use on corn on the cob, Increased ice cream eating on hot summer nights, eating out more because it is to hot to cook, bigger and more portions at summer cook-outs and on and on. <BR> <BR> This summer I am striving to eat healthier and make smarter choices. <BR> <BR> So far here is my tentative plan: <BR> <BR> 1. I am focusing on eating lots of greens, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. <B... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 13:14:42 EST Stick With The Winners Today reaffirmed that in order to keep growing on Spark I need to continue to seek out those motivated, positive, dedicated sparkers. <BR> <BR> Thank You MONTY68 for continuing to be a spark motivator and my fellow sparker. <BR> <BR> The stark reality is that many people will post and be all motivated when they join spark only never to be heard from again. Don't be a statistic - find a good team with positive people and get involved. Your leaders need you, your team-mates need you, and S... Sat, 22 May 2010 14:30:39 EST Suggestions Needed Spark Time <BR> <BR> I had intended to write this blog yesterday and time got away from me as usual. <BR> <BR> Each day I log onto spark and have MY spark time for however long I am led to read articles, do trivia, check goals off and evaluate as needed, etc.. Some days this can take a half-hour and somedays like yesterday - it can be 4 hours. <BR> Depends on how empty my spark tank is on. <BR> <BR> I then move on to review the posts in my teams. I mentally prioritize which ones Ineed to g... Wed, 19 May 2010 07:47:49 EST SPARK TRIVIA <em>244</em> You never know where you are going to learn, get motivated, or meet a special person on spark unless you keep sharing and participate in a team. <BR> <BR> You just may be missing out. We recently created a thread on the SparkPeoples Official Virtual Walk/Run Challenge dealing with the questions we encounter on the daily spark trivia. I am so thankful for my spark team-mates, we are sharing, learning, getting to know one another, and having some fun while we motivate each othe... Wed, 5 May 2010 09:20:34 EST Cholesterol Levels The one million little choices I make of what to put into my body add up. <BR> I want the healthier choices to far outweigh the unhealthy choices. <BR> <BR> I have never once had to worry about high cholesterol, that is until now. I am sitting looking at the results of my recent blood tests and for the first time in my life the total cholesterol reading is high. That little word "FLAG" next to the result has me thinking seriously about the choices I make on a daily basis for food choices.... Sat, 1 May 2010 08:09:11 EST Anything Is Possible I found this poem on Spark and thought it was too good not to share. <BR> <BR> AUTHOR UNKNOWN <BR> Anything is Possible <BR> By Unknown <BR> <BR> If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW. <BR> Not for any grand cause, necessarily... <BR> but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream. <BR> You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. <BR> HAVE FUN. <BR> DIG... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:10:39 EST National Start Walking Day is Today What a great way to get out of a funk. <BR> Have you been putting off walking/running or even getting started? <BR> Today is the day to join millions of others and begin walking. <BR> <BR> Let's go Fellow Sparkers - Spread the word and walk. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 07:03:39 EST loss of words I know as part of my being a member of the CT Team I am required to blog once a week. For the last few weeks I have just been void of thoughts of what to write. <BR> My progress with my spark goals run like a well greased wheel - I have no difficulty walking everyday, love eating healthy, keep my depression at bay with the help of my medication and support from friends/family. That leaves my spirituality that needs some work, but thanks to my faithful leader of the Christian Celiac Group ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 11:22:16 EST THANK YOU MY SPARK MOTIVATORS I don't have the words to thank those who nominated me as a spark motivator. <BR> <BR> I can only say that you all are my motivators. Each and everyone has touched me in a very special way and helped me to grow as a person. Probably more than you each will ever know. From the brand new members, especially recently, to my co-leaders, to my devoted team-mates on the teams I lead. <BR> <BR> Thank You!! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:07:06 EST Gratitude Each day I dutifully write 3 things down I am grateful for per my checklist on spark. <BR> <BR> My aha moment is words without action can make word just words - they lose the motivation they were intended to provide us and also the effectiveness of positive thoughts. <BR> <BR> What will you do today to show your Gratitude?? <BR> <BR> 1. I went to the Tech Support Site and started a Thank You Thread - We/I tend to forget they are our fellow sparkers also trying to do the best they can. Hav... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 05:58:59 EST Doubting I am sitting here doubting myself <BR> doubting my ability to be an effective leader <BR> doubting if I am a motivator <BR> doubting if I want to even move forward <BR> doubting if I even should be blogging this <BR> DOUBT, DOUBT, DOUBT - The spelling doesn't even look right to me - Doubt <BR> <BR> As I explore my own self doubt I recognize that it is a momentary lapse in self-confidence and failure to maintain positive affirmations. A failure to take care of the mind as well as I look afte... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:33:25 EST Daily Spark Mail I surely do miss when I turn on my computer and come to spark only to find out that I have not received my daily spark mail. I just love starting my day reading them and especially the daily insight. <BR> <BR> I sure recognize as I sit here waiting for them to magically appear what creatures of habit we can become. The first time this happened my whole day was thrown off schedule - I was lost. Now that this has become a somewhat frequent occurence I have found myself becoming accustomed to... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 07:34:16 EST FOR ALL TO READ - A REMINDER I just read this post of Coach Nancy who received it from Coach Jenn so I am posting it on my blog because I think it is important for us all to remember and know if we did't already. <BR> <BR> This post is a duplicate from Coach Nancy - OOPS - Is this plagerism?? <BR> <BR> The following information comes from Coach Jen, PLEASE read! THANKS! <BR> <BR> Recently we've had a number of issues with members posting copyrighted information- primarily in their blogs. The original authors have bee... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:41:21 EST ERASE THE DOUBT I want to thank PLATINUM755 for her blog - this was actually hers and I so needed this today. Let's see how far and wide we can spread this message today. <BR> <BR> Will you pass it on!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>345</em> <em>48</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> Let's Go Sparkies <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> Nancy Thu, 4 Mar 2010 08:59:50 EST I'M POSSIBLE and So Are YOU I found this in my folders on desktop and wanted to share it with everyone <BR> <BR> Excellence is: <BR> Caring more than others think is wise. <BR> Risking more than others think is safe. <BR> Dreaming more than others think is practical. <BR> Expecting more than others think is possible. <BR> <BR> IMPOSSIBLE = I'M POSSIBLE!!! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:32:01 EST Role Model/Mentor Who is your role model and mentor? <BR> <BR> As I am reading the spark I realized just how important the people on this site have been to the daily progress I continue to make and am therefore able to come closer to those dreams I have layed before me. They have also inspired me to add new dreams that I never thought possible or that I would even care to pursue. <BR> <BR> When I started on Spark almost 3 years ago I was truly amazed that such a site existed. I had never participated in pos... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:41:39 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD Today you would be 81 <BR> I miss you today just as much as yesterday and the day you left us. <BR> You were the glue that held us together - through the tears, through the fights, through the fun. <BR> You left a lasting legacy that family should stick together and be there for each other. <BR> I remember the day I told you -"don't worry, I will take care of mom" and you chuckeled and said "ya sure". <BR> I want you to know I am doing my best, I know I could do better and I will try and reme... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:56:08 EST